Words on Wheels Project (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Description of Assignment

Words on Wheels (WOW) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is a mobile library project initiated and managed by the Singapore International Foundation, implemented in partnership with the Board of Library and Archives of the Special Region of Yogyakarta (BPAD DIY). The mobile library will travel 4 times a week to 10 schools in Yogyakarta, providing approximately 5,000 students with access to books in English and Bahasa Indonesia, as well as laptops and tablets fitted with the Internet and learning applications. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in English language activities conducted by visiting direct service volunteers who travel with the mobile library and staff from BPAD DIY to the participating schools. In addition, WOW (Yogyakarta) will look into the refurbishment of the library or computer lab in each of the participating schools to create a more conducive learning environment for the students.

The volunteer trips to Yogyakarta are scheduled on the following dates:

  • 17-20 Jul 2018
  • 4-7 September 2018
  • 9-12 October 2018
  • 6-9 November 2018

Register your interest to participate here.

For more information, please email us here.


All volunteers are required to finance their own volunteer trip, including airfare, accommodation, travel insurance, local transport and meals.

*Each volunteer is expected to pay S$935 for a single room or S$835 for a twin-sharing room. Please refer to project information link above for more details.

Volunteers must be:

  • Singapore citizens, PR or foreigners holding a work or study visa who are residing in Singapore;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Medically fit for overseas travel;
  • Adaptable and willing to serve;
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity;
  • Having an open mind and interest in learning about different cultures;
  • Have a sense of humility and friendliness, with the desire to serve the local community;
  • Team work and be able to gain trust and build good rapport with fellow volunteers, local partners and community leaders, in order to work efficiently together to achieve the objectives of the project.

To conduct the lessons effectively, volunteers are asked to meet the following criteria to be eligible for participation:

English Language Workshop:

  • Be able to read, write and speak English language well enough to communicate clearly both orally and in written form.

IT Literacy Workshop:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (MS Words, Excel and Powerpoint);
  • Familiar with social media and educational technology tools; and
  • Has basic knowledge of troubleshooting IT equipment

Read more about the project click here.

For FAQs, click here.

Support Provided

The SIF will make all the necessary arrangements for you for the trip. We will also conduct a pre-departure briefing and relevant training to equip and better prepare volunteers for the volunteer trip. An SIF staff or a Direct Service Team Leader will also provide on-site assistance during the volunteer trip. An SIF staff will be available throughout for consultation. For corporate volunteer groups, a team coordinator will be appointed to liaise with an SIF staff to coordinate the volunteer trip. The team coordinator is responsible for ensuring the required forms and travel documents are duly completed and submitted, as well as coordinating the travel plans and arranging logistics for the group.

To register your interest for this project, please send an email to siv@sif.org.sg
You may also reach us at +65 68378700

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